November 13, 2013

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents CRAVE

Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB) is proud to present its eighth annual fall production of ‘CRAVE,’ sponsored by American Airlines. This production will be held at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 14th  and Friday, November 15th at 7:30pm.

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This production will feature six works, three of which are world premieres. The first piece is an original by MCB Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy. Don’t Tell features the entire 10-dancer company and was inspired by the headline news of Russia’s persecution of the LGBTQ community. “I am an adamant supporter of LGBTQ human rights and wanted to translate my feelings on the subject into movement. This is my personal reaction to every type of oppression taking place,” explains Grundy.

The second premiere, Welcome to the Men’s Room, is by MCB’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West. With a hint of whimsy mixed in with her signature extreme lines and off kilter-movement, West is creating a men’s trio that is based around how humans hear and perceive sound. With a focus more on exploratory movement and less on technique, West keeps her rock aesthetic while carving a new path for herself choreographically.

The third premiere is by Bryn Cohn, a guest choreographer based out of New York City. One on One is about how we experience the idea of ‘one;’ one with yourself, one with someone else, and one with a group. The work explores the idea of ‘one,’ both emotionally and structurally.

MCB will be bringing back The Current State of Life by Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter. Originally premiering in our 2011 show, EVOKE, this piece reflects on the ‘current state’ of our world. MCB will be performing another work from 2011, The Dirt Beneath by company member Alex J. Gordon. Gordon’s piece looks at the exterior ‘faces’ that people wear for their peers. The sixth work, Nigel and Marian…A story, by Karen Mareck Grundy premiered in 2009. The piece follows a young man who is guided by two opposing angels to meet his counterpart.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. Our Opening Night, November 14th is Student Night; Student and youth tickets are only $5-$8. Student and youth tickets are intended for currently enrolled college, K-12, and MCB students. Tickets can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 573-882-3781, or at www.concertseries.org.

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Thanks to Joanne Sandorfi for guest blogging for this event.

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October 29, 2013

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Unexpected Columbia: Fabulous Fall Dining

Fall has finally arrived! Leaves all over town are turning brilliant shades of orange and red and menus all over town are also changing to meet the season. Columbia chefs are famous for bringing seasonal, local ingredients to the table and this fall is no exception. Here are a few places where you can find fall favorites. Check out one (or all of them) and let us know what you loved!

Flat Branch Pub and Brewing

A Columbia staple for locals and visitors, Flat Branch just flipped over to their fall menu. The Winter Brewhouse Salad is perfect for a chilly day and fall favorites including Bangers  & Mash and Shepherd’s pie make their return. Of course, washing it all down with a seasonal brew like a golden lager or smoked porter is all part of the experience.

Sycamore

On the corner of 8th and Broadway, Sycamore brings fresh, simple dishes to the table every day and always allows the ingredients to shine. Get started with some pork belly sliders (trust us) and then move on to one of their delicious entrees such as smoked duck breast or braised short ribs. The food is familiar and comforting but always presented beautifully and tastes out of this world.

Les Bourgeois Bistro

Located just 15 minutes west of Columbia at the top of a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, Les Bourgeois is one of the most beautiful dining settings in mid-Missouri. Not only are the views breathtaking, they also have food to match. Try the monthly salad (October’s features winter squash and toasted hazelnuts) and then give the house-made tagliatelle pasta or braised pork shoulder a try. For dessert, try their signature dessert. It’s a flourless chocolate cake called the Nemesis.

Wine Cellar and Bistro

If you’d like to dine surrounded by hundreds of bottles of wine, The Wine Cellar & Bistro is the place! Chef Craig Cyr is strongly committed to using local ingredients so the names of many local farms pop up on his menu every season. This fall, try their warm goat cheese truffles to start, then try their house-made ravioli filled with local chicken or a Missouri raised, grass-fed beef tenderloin. To go with your meal, Sarah Cyr serves as the restaurant’s sommelier and will recommend just the thing. The Wine Cellar and Bistro’s wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence by The Wine Spectator Magazine every year since 2005.

October 22, 2013

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A Ghoulishly Good Time in Columbia

If you’re visiting Columbia over Halloween, a hotel means you don’t have a neighborhood of doorbells to ring for your tricks and treats. Never fear! Columbia is home to plenty of family-friendly events for your little ghosts and princesses. Pick one (or a few) to get your spooky fix!

-Pet Costume Parade and Trick-or-Treating at Stephens College

Thursday, October 24th — 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The pet parade (adorable!) starts at 5 p.m. on Journey Plaza, the quad south of Walnut Street. The parade will wind through campus, across the College and Broadway bridges and back to Lela Raney Wood Hall, where the trick-or-treating event will begin. Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., members of Mortar Board and other campus clubs will be stationed around the Kimball Ballroom, passing out candy and overseeing activities for children.

-Halloweenie in The District

Friday, October 25th — 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Are you teeny? Then come to Halloweenie! A safe and fun time for the little ones, come down to The District and trick-or-treat at your favorite stores and restaurants. Everyone starts handing out candy at 4 pm and the festivities are usually over by 6 pm.

-The Haunted Tour at Maplewood

Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th

The Boone County Historical Society and Maplewood Barn Theatre are bringing you “Halloween at Maplewood and Boone Village.” Watch Halloween come alive at Boone Village as re-enactors from Maplewood Barn Theatre bring the ghosts of Columbia to life. It will begin at the Boone County Museum with a walk through Boone Village and its buildings where you will be greeted by ghosts and ghouls, some from Columbia history and some not! The walk will continue through a “graveyard” which will be haunted by Lenoir and Nifong family members as well as other inhuman ghouls! The walk will end up at the Maplewood House where zombie like neighbors from the past have taken over the house ! The tours will be presented on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th at dusk. The ticket price is $5.00. NOTE: May not be appropriate for small children.

-Bring Your Own Big Wheel: Track or Treat!

Saturday, October 26th — 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Riders can bring their fanciest Big Wheel, tricycle, or other pedal powered vehicle and cruise the ARC Track. Halloween props will be set up for an exciting haunted ride and great photo ops for parents! Tons of prizes and awards will be given to all riders and mileage will be recorded. All equipment must be clean and approved by event staff before entering the track surface.  Absolutely no bicycles! Track is closed to walkers/joggers during event. Don’t forget the costume!

-Trick or Treat Through Missouri History at the State Historical Society

Tuesday, October 29th

Come in costume to this fun, educational family event. In addition to other activities, we have crafts; information about Missouri’s ghosts, pumpkins and bats; a display on the history of Halloween costumes; and a gallery tour, guided by the spirit of Eliza Bingham, wife of Missouri’s famed painter, George Caleb Bingham. Candy is available at each station. Brave visitors can explore the Kids Cave and the Ghostly Gallery.

-Spooktacular! at the Central Missouri Events Center

Thursday, October 31st — 6:00-8:00 p.m.

New place, new name, same great Halloween event! Come out for an evening filled with activities, games and treats for kids ages 12 and under. A fun alternative to door-to-door trick or treating!

October 10, 2013

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Unexpected Columbia: Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co.

I had heard the rumblings online about it. I read tweets from people raving about something called the Sooie Pig. I saw pictures of golden biscuits wrapped around mouth watering items like bacon and pulled pork and others of those biscuits smothered in gravy. I knew…I had to find this wonderful place.

It wasn’t until a few weeks after I’d started following them on Twitter (@biscuit_truck) before I finally tracked down the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company at the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival in September. Greeted with an array of choices, I went with the choice I’d heard about the most, the Haughty Hillbilly. It was knowing that there was homemade pimento cheese involved that sold me. In moments, I had my biscuit.

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It was pretty much as perfect as I’d heard it described. The fried green tomato was perfectly fried and juicy, the bacon crispy, the arugula was fresh and the cheese was incredibly flavorful. And the biscuit…it was flaky, buttery, everything you want in a biscuit.

The sandwich was gone all too soon, but I know I’ll be back. I still have the chicken fried chicken biscuit and the biscuit with sweet cream and homemade preserves to try.

Want to know where to find the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company during your next Columbia visit? Be sure to follow them on Twitter (@biscuit_truck) for updates on where they’ll be and visit their site to check out their entire menu and get a weekly schedule. Tracking them down is well worth the effort. Your taste buds will thank you!

October 3, 2013

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An Entire Weekend of Artrageous!

Don’t forget that next weekend, there will be an entire weekend of Artrageous fun in The District and North Village Arts District! Artrageous Weekend will run from October 11-13, with fun events planned at galleries, restaurants and shops all within easy walking distance.

Each year, the Artrageous events get better and better, with more businesses participating and more fun for everyone involved! Visit Columbia during Artrageous and come home with a new piece of art, fun jewelry and lots of great stories to tell about your experience.

September 25, 2013

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Citizen Jane – More than a Film Festival

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is a celebration of Independent Film by Independent Women. Beginning on October 4th, this outstanding event brings in filmmakers and fans from across the country and around the world to experience the power of cinema.

The festival is intimate, diverse and thought-provoking, and it’s all in an easy, walkable footprint in downtown Columbia and on the Stephens College campus.

This wonderful event is also very reasonably priced! Passes are on sale now and you also can purchase tickets to individual films you’re interesting in seeing. Check out the schedule now to start planning your weekend and we’ll see you in October for Citizen Jane!

September 17, 2013

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Unexpected Columbia – The Stephens College Historic Costume Gallery

One of the attractions we get asked about most is the Stephens College Historic Costume Gallery. Stephens has an incredibly extensive collection of over 13,000 pieces ranging from hundreds of years ago to examples of modern fashion.

Their newest exhibit, Bohemian Rhapsody, explores the fashion of this counterculture movement, with most pieces coming from the 1920s-70s.

Paisley meets fur in this matching coat and dress circa mid-’70s.

The exhibit opened on September 12th and will be on display in Lela Raney Wood Hall through mid-December. Open from Noon-3:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m., you can also schedule a group visit to this exhibit in the Historic Costume Gallery by appointment.

A 1920s dress with feather fringes.

Visit Stephens College on your next trip to Columbia to trace the history of Bohemian fashion from the French Revolution into modern times. It’s definitely something you’ll unexpect!

September 12, 2013

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Join Us at Roots ‘n Blues!

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We’re just over a week away from this year’s Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! This annual event showcases the best in blues, gospel and much more over three day in Columbia, MO. This outstanding festival has moved locations to beautiful Stephens Lake Park this year, and three-day passes are only $75!

This year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be on the ground at the festival providing up-to-the minute updates, photos from performances, prizes and more! CVB team members Rachel and Megan will be on the festival grounds most of the weekend, so be on the lookout for CoMo goodies we’ll have to give away. Here’s how you can find us during Roots ‘n Blues…

-Follow us on Twitter: @ColumbiaMOCVB. This is a great place to send us any quetsions you have throughout the weekend. You can also follow #RNBNBBQ for tweets from attendees from all over

-Facebook: Columbia Missouri CVB

-Instagram: VisitColumbiaMO

You can also check back here on the blog each evening for a wrap up from the day at the festival and previews for the next day’s performances and activities.

Even if you can’t make the festival, we hope you’ll follow along next weekend so you can start making your plans for next year. See you at Stephens!

September 4, 2013

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Go Back in Time at the Heritage Festival

Looking for some fantastic family fun this fall? Look no further than Columbia’s Heritage Festival and Craft Show. This year marks the 36th annual festival in historic Nifong Park.  This free festival runs September 21 & 22 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day.

Not only is Nifong Park home to a historic home and the Boone County Historical Society, but the festival brings visitors into the past with traditional crafts, entertainment on two stages and special tours.

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Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured.

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Enjoy entertainment on two stages including music, dancing and storytelling. Saturday Evening Ghost Stories (8-9:30 pm) are sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Organization Storytellers.

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The Maplewood Home in Nifong Park

Tour the Historic Maplewood Home and the Walter’s Boone County Historical Museum and Village. Great food and a beautiful park setting will make the Heritage Festival a family tradition!

August 27, 2013

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Unexpected Columbia: Perche Creek

Looking for an afternoon of outdoor family entertainment? Check out Perche Creek Golf Club!

Not just your traditional golf facility, Perche Creek is also home to mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages and more!

The entire family can go a few rounds in the batting cages, take some laps around the go-kart track and putt-putt their way through the Perche Creek before hitting up the snack bar and relaxing outside.

Not only are there fun and games, but Perche Creek also has a driving range, par three course and a fantastic pro shop.

Golfers can also have a club fitting done, get lessons or have their existing clubs repaired. The entire family can enjoy an afternoon or evening at the beautiful Perche Creek facility. Just west of Columbia off Interstate 70, Perche Creek is easy to get to, reasonably priced and has something for everyone in your family!